Know-a-BULL News
Week of 06/22/2009 - Issue # 67

Here is your weekly copy of Know-a-BULL News. Please read this issue to keep up-to-date with all the exciting events and news from the USF Honors College, Undergraduate Research, and Resources for Educational Distinction.

At a Glance

Upcoming Events

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 6/29/2009 Summer B - First Day
 7/14/2009 USF Honors Orientation
 7/17/2009 Summer C - Last Day
 7/17/2009 USF Honors Orientation
 7/21/2009 USF Honors Orientation
 7/23/2009 USF Honors Orientation
 7/24/2009 USF Honors Orientation
 7/28/2009 USF Honors Orientation
 7/31/2009 USF Honors Orientation
 8/7/2009 Summer B - Last Day
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Dear Freshpeople,

    Congratulations to the first 250 students who have already come through Orientation. I very much hope you have a wonderful summer.

    Please remember to begin reading the Darwin book and posting to our Blackboard site (details for doing this are in the material you got with the book). I am interested to read what you have to say.

    I hope you know that all of us in Honors will be here throughout the summer if you need advising help.

    Poplar, the brand new Honors residence hall still has a few spots left. If you are interested, contact the housing office at (813) 974-0001 or Mr. Lucien at (813) 974-3087 or

  • Opportunity To Be Heard

    The Honors College in conjunction with the USF Career Center would like to hear about your thoughts and experiences using the Career Center and the services being offered. We are providing you an opportunity to give us your feedback. Use the link below to complete our short and anonymous survey. This should take no more than 3 minutes of your time.

    Link: Survey Link

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(813) 974-3087

RED - National Fellowships

  • Seeking Prospective Applicants for Fall Competitions

    The Office of National Scholarships is currently seeking prospective applicants for the following competitions: Fulbright, Gates-Cambridge, Gilman, Javits, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, NSF, Rotary, Truman, Udall, USA Today, and Elie Wiesel Ethics Prize!

    For more information on these competitions, contact Mr. Mejias: .

RED has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the RED website and speak with Mr. Mejias.

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(813) 974-3087

The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • Research Project for Biology Students, Not Pre-med

    Project title: Biomechanics and physiology of ballistic tongues of salamanders and chameleons

    Description of Research:
    We are investigating how chameleons and salamanders can project their tongues ballistically long distances and with high power output. Currently we are examining the effects of environmental temperature on several aspects of tongue projection, including muscle activation patterns, muscle contractile dynamics and whole-animal performance. The goal is to understand how these animals can achieve such high performance when other ectothermic animals can barely move. What's particularly intriguing about these systems is that salamanders and chameleons have evolved their tongue projection independently and have arrived at a similar solution to the problem of moving in the cold: they shoot their tongues using elastic energy storage, like a bow and arrow.

    Please create a profile at by clicking MyURLogin on the bottom right and contact Ms. Carlton at

    Link: UR USF

  • Open Mic Night at the Marshall Center

    Come show off your skills on Wednesday, June 24 from 7 to 9 pm! The mic is open for songs, poems, spoken word and other creative performances by students and mentors.

    There will be doughnuts, coffee and hot chocolate. We look forward to seeing you there!

    LOCATION: MSC 2709

  • Hurricane Research Project Opportunity

    Would you like to work in a large interdisciplinary research team examining people's hurricane evacuation behavior? Dr. Jennifer Collins is looking for a Spanish speaker (writer also preferred) to join the team. Learn about the research process, learn about social aspects of hurricane evacuations and develop interview skills as we perform a pilot test on a research study. This is a good opportunity if you would like 1 credit of summer B directed research or even if you would just like to volunteer and have something else to put on your resume as you network and make new contacts with people largely in the field of Geography and Sociology. There is also an opportunity (not required) to join the team later in the summer/fall to participate in a grant funded project which will take the team out to interview during an evacuation. The pilot test that you will be involved in will take place locally. Please email Dr. Jennifer Collins ASAP if you are interested at

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(813) 974-6824

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